On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to contradict President Joe Biden by expressing dismay at the acquittal for Kyle Rittenhouse, an accused Kenosha vigilante.

‘Today’s verdict speaks for itself,’ the vice president told reporters on the tarmac before boarding Air Force Two in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.

The former California senator and San Francisco district attorney added: ‘I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable.

‘It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.’

Harris’ comments don’t jive with those made by Biden, who told reporters on Friday: ‘I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.’

Liberals took offense to Biden’s comments on Twitter. Later on Friday, Biden issued a written statement saying he was ‘angry’ and ‘concerned’ over the verdict.

Kyle Rittenhouse

Vice President Kamala Harris

According to Kamala Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris, the acquittal in Kenosha of Kyle Rittenhouse, an accused murderer, shows that there is still much work to be done to make the criminal justice system more ‘equitable’. (Seen in Columbus, Ohio on Friday).

Harris' comments appeared to contradict those of her boss, President Joe Biden (seen above at the White House on Friday), who said he 'stands by what the jury has concluded'

Harris’ statements seemed to contradict President Joe Biden’s (seen here at the White House, Friday) comments. Biden stated that he stood by the conclusions of the jury.

President Biden later released a statement on Friday that read: 'While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken'

On Friday, President Biden issued a statement saying: ‘While Kenosha’s verdict is sure to anger and concern many Americans, including myself, it’s important we recognize that the jury’s opinion has been heard.

‘While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,’ the president said in his written statement.

‘I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law,’ he continued.

‘I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law.

‘Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.’

Partisan lines dominated public opinion about the verdict. Republicans were supportive of the verdict, while Democrats condemned it. 

Biden said the White House and federal authorities have been in contact with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and offered support as Kenosha and the nation brace for fallout from the verdict. 

Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony

Rittenhouse (18) collapsed as his jury cleared him of the charges in his double-murder trial. This was after four days and weeks of tortured deliberations.

Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all counts. The verdict came in at 12.15pm Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leading to fears that the city might once again erupt in violence

Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty of any charges. According to Kenosha (Wisconsin), the verdict was delivered Friday at 12:15 PM. There were fears that violence might erupt again.

Rittenhouse¿s mother Wendy was in the public gallery and also burst into tears as the verdicts were read

Wendy Rittenhouse, Rittenhouse’s mom was present in the public gallery. She also burst into tears when the verdicts were read

As the first verdict was read, Rittenhouse, 18, started to shake as he fought back tears. But by the end he could hold them no longer and he collapsed into his chair then hugged defense attorney Corey Chirafisi

As the first verdict was read, Rittenhouse, 18, started to shake as he fought back tears. But by the end he could hold them no longer and he collapsed into his chair then hugged defense attorney Corey Chirafisi

Rittenhouse was 18 years old when the verdict was delivered. Rittenhouse began shaking as he tried to control his emotions. He couldn’t hold on to them any longer, and he fell into his chair. Then he hugged defense lawyer Corey Chirafisi.

Clearly disappointed, prosecutor Thomas Binger, who has been heavily criticized for his actions during the case, sat back in his chair, looked at the ceiling, and issued a sigh as the verdict came in

Evidently disappointed, Thomas Binger, the prosecutor in the case, slumped in his chair and looked up at the ceiling. He then sighed as the verdict was read. 

In New York City on Friday night, protesters angry at the verdict stood holding placards

On Friday evening in New York City, demonstrators angry about the verdict held placards.

Some outside the Barclay Center in downtown Brooklyn had megaphones and were decrying what they saw as an injustice

Some people outside of the Barclay Center, downtown Brooklyn, had megaphones. They were protesting injustices.

A person holds a sign during a protest against the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict at the Barclays Center in New York City on Friday night

A sign is held by a person during Friday night’s protest at the Barclays Center, New York City against Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

On Friday night in New York City, protestors were gathered at the Barclays Center downtown Brooklyn to voice their anger over the verdict. 

The Republicans are now requesting that Biden apologise for calling Kenosha shooting victim a white supremacist in the wake of the trial. 

Mark Richards Rittenhouse’s lawyer said that he was shocked by Biden’s portrayal of Rittenhouse, a white supremacist.

“I have never seen a case and I doubt I will ever,” Richards said. Richards stated that Richards and Richards had so many different views.

‘President Biden said some things, I think are so incorrect and untrue — he is not a white supremacist. He at least respected the verdict of his jury.

Tom Cotton, Republican Senator for Arkansas, posted: “Joe Biden must publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse.

Ronna McDaniel (chair of the Republican party) stated that Biden had prejudged Rittenhouse before he realized the facts. Biden lied about the case and slandered a teenage boy to gain political points. Biden’s actions were dangerously inflamatory. 

‘Biden should apologize for his actions and ACT NOW, before the left continues to use lies to incite violence. 

Rittenhouse’s Acquittal: Left-Wing Response 

Cori Bush, Missouri Congresswoman and member ‘The Squad’, described Rittenhouse’s conviction as “white supremacy in practice”.

‘This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable,’ she said. 

‘It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free. 

‘I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.’

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez agreed with her tweet: ‘What are we witnessing? A system functioning according to design and protecting the people it was intended for.

Fellow Squad member Ayanna Pressley added: ‘Racism & white supremacy remain the bedrock of our legal system. My heart breaks for the family & loved ones of those whose lives were stolen, and the trauma our communities face today and every day. 

“The fight for accountability, justice and healing continues.” 

Pramila Jayapal was the head of House Progressive Caucus and said, “I am heartbroken.” 

“If America is to address racial injustice, it must admit that our justice system doesn’t work for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. It must be transformed. 

“It won’t be easy, but it will be possible. I’m here to help you make it happen. 

Bill de Blasio was the New York Mayor.

Tweet: “Anthony Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. These two should still be around today. 

‘The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people.’ 

Donald Trump’s PAC Save America sent an Email soliciting donations for his campaign coffers. The email stated that there was “GREAT NEWS FOR KYLE RITTENHOUSE”, which we all knew was innocent.

The Radical Left claims that this trial was nothing other than a witch hunt. They are determined to PUNISH all law-abiding citizens.

Dan Bishop, a congressman representing North Carolina, said: ‘Don’t forget, Biden labeled a 17-year old Rittenhouse a “white supremacist.” Beyond shameful.’

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia’s congresswoman, stated that Rittenhouse is ‘one the good guys.

Biden was attacked for saying that he was worried about the verdict. She also warned him of inciting violence and angrily targeted fellow Congress members who condemned Rittenhouse’s actions.

“Kyle Rittenhouse DISMISSED on all charges!” May Kyle and his loved ones now be at peace. The good guys are those who protect and help others. Kyle is one such good guy. 

‘@JoeBiden is angry & concerned that the jury found Kyle Rittenhouse NOT GUILTY after being shown mountains of evidence proving his innocence. 

‘Biden calling for “peaceful protest” now against the verdict. We all know what it means when the left calls for“peaceful” protest..

Lauren Boebert is the Colorado Congresswoman that has made Second Amendment protection a central pillar in her policies. Lauren tweeted: “Today’s a great moment for the Second Amendment. And the right to defend oneself.” Kyle Rittenhouse has not been found guilty in any of these cases! All praise to God

The verdict was dismaying to progressives.

Bill de Blasio was the New York Mayor.

Tweet: “Anthony Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. These two should still be around today. 

‘The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people. This is a serious miscarriage in justice.

Rittenhouse never took a gun from one state to another before the shooting. He picked it up at a Kenosha house.

Cori Bush (a Missouri congresswoman) said the verdict to be ‘white supremacy, in action’.

‘The judge. The jury. The defendant. The defendant. 

‘This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free.  

The jury — a couple of them wearing masks — showed no emotion as the verdicts were read after four torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony.

How many charges has Kyle Rittenhouse faced? 

Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two and wounded the third men during an anti-police brutality protest in Kenosha (Wisconsin) last year. Rittenhouse claimed that he shot in self defense after being attacked by the men. 

Let’s take a look at some of the lesser charges as well as those that were filed by prosecutors.


The felony charges are related to Rittenhouse’s first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum. Video bystander shows Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse in a parking lot, throwing a bag at him and chasing him. Rittenhouse runs behind his car, and Rosenbaum is right there following. The video that was shown at the trial shows Rittenhouse spinning around firing his gun as Rosenbaum pursued him. Richie McGinniss testified Rittenhouse was following him.

Intentional homicide is different from reckless homicide because the prosecutors don’t claim Rittenhouse wanted to kill Rosenbaum. Instead they are alleging that Rittenhouse was responsible for Rosenbaum’s death under circumstances that show an absolute disregard for human life.

You could spend up to 60 consecutive years prison for this charge. An additional five years is required to be served for dangerous weapon modification.


The Rosenbaum shooting is the subject of this felony. McGinniss claimed that he was near the scene of Rittenhouse’s shooting of Rosenbaum. It is possible to be sentenced to 12 1/2 year imprisonment. An additional five-year sentence is possible for weapons modifier.

Schroeder was asked by the prosecution to allow jurors to consider an additional degree of this charge. It doesn’t have to be found that Rittenhouse had acted with an utter disregard of human life. Schroeder stated that he would allow the instruction to be given, but he did not make any final decisions. This charge can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment.


An unknown man jumps at Rittenhouse, trying to kick him. Anthony Huber then moves his skateboard towards him. Rittenhouse fires two shots at Rittenhouse, but it appears that he misses the man as he runs off.

This is a felony that can lead to 12 1/2 years prison. Another weapon modifier would increase the sentence to 5 years.

Schroeder stated that he will not accept the request of prosecutors for jurors to be permitted to examine this charge in second degree.


Huber was also charged with this charge. Rittenhouse can be seen sprinting down the street following the shooting of Rosenbaum. Huber runs at him and swings his skateboard at Rosenbaum’s neck. Rittenhouse attempts to take Rittenhouses gun. Huber is alleged to have been shot by Rittenhouse in the criminal complaint.

Intentional killing means that someone intentionally kills someone. Bucher stated that Rittenhouse could have pointed the gun at Huber, and then pulled the trigger. This would be intentional homicide. But self-defense will override the charges.

Bucher declared, “Why did I intend to kill this person makes the difference.”

A mandatory sentence of life is imposed on the count. A weapons modifier could add up to five more years.


Rittenhouse shot Gaige Grosskreutz in his arm, seconds after shooting Huber. Grosskreutz approached him with a gun. Grosskreutz survived. Video captures Rittenhouse shooting a single shot at Grosskreutz while pointing his gun at him.

A maximum sentence of 60 year is possible for this charge. Additional five years would be added for the weapons modifier.

For attempted second-degree intentional murder, the maximum sentence is 30 years.


Rittenhouse was equipped with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle. On the night of shootings, Rittenhouse was only 17 years old. Wisconsin law bans minors possessing firearms other than for hunting. Schroeder did not make it clear Friday as to what he intended to inform jurors regarding this charge.

This is a misdemeanor that can lead to up to nine years behind bars.

Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the 6th count from Rittenhouse’s Monday morning rap sheet. 


Rittenhouse, who was accused of being on the streets following an 8 p.m. city curfew, was sentenced to a small offense with a maximum $200 fine. The defense claimed that the prosecution didn’t provide enough evidence to support the charge, and Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed it during week two of the trial.

Rittenhouse’s mother Wendy was in the public gallery and burst into tears as the verdicts were read, while Rittenhouse victim Joseph Rosenbaum’s fiancée and victim Anthony Huber’s girlfriend and great aunt tearfully listened as their loved ones’ killer walked free. 

‘I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.’ 

Pramila Jayapal (head of the Progressive Caucus) said that she was heartbroken. 

“If America is to address racial injustice, it must admit that our justice system doesn’t work for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. It must be transformed. 

“It will be difficult, but I’m determined to organize alongside you to make this happen.” 

Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s district attorney – widely considered to be one of the most liberal DAs in America – also criticized this verdict.

“This verdict is a reminder that it’s more important than ever to improve the legal system. It is vital that the prosecution plays a crucial role in reforming criminal justice and providing equal legal justice. 

“We will keep fighting for justice.” 

Rittenhouse was 18 years old when the first verdict was delivered Friday afternoon. Rittenhouse began shaking as he tried to hold back his emotions. But by the end he could hold them no longer and he collapsed into his chair, then hugged defense attorney Corey Chirafisi. 

Rittenhouse was dressed in a navy suit with a purple shirt and tie and was taken out of courtroom to be driven into an SUV. As he drove away, he smiled. 

Two men in the public gallery gave each other a high-five but apart from that the ‘audience’ — as Judge Bruce Schroeder called them — remained quiet and filed out of the room.

Thomas Binger the prosecution, which has been widely criticized because of his conduct during this case, was clearly disappointed and sat down in his chair. He then looked up at his ceiling and let out a small sigh, as the verdict arrived. 

Defense attorney Mark Richards slapped the table  after the fifth not guilty verdict was read. 

Schroeder could only compliment jurors by being cooperative and attentive. He said, “I couldn’t wish for a better jury,” before reminding the jurors that they can be elected again within four years.

The judge also said that the parties had the rights to talk to the media about the case, although he also stated that the defendants had the option not to. He did not release their names and said that any media inquiries would be dealt with by the court. 

Kenosha will now be watching to see if violence erupts again. 

Protestors from both sides milled on the courtroom steps — one white man saying how proud he was of Rittenhouse and the verdict, standing feet from a black woman railing about white justice.

The explosive verdict comes after a long and turbulent trial filled with drama, controversy, and drama which threatened to derail proceedings several times.

Mark Richards, defense attorney, stated that Rittenhouse had a tremendous sense of relief at receiving the verdict.

Richards explained that Richards was on his return home. He wants to move on in his life.

Richards said that Rittenhouse testified in one mock trial, while Rittenhouse was not. It was evident from the jury’s reaction that Richards had to take the stand.

He stated that the jury proceedings were more lengthy than any other case in which he was involved. 

Richards claimed that the Rittenhouses were likely to leave because of the many death threats they’ve received.

“Kyle is receiving counseling for PTSD. He does not sleep well at night.

“Eventually, some anonymity will return to him but I doubt he’ll continue to live here.”

Rittenhouse stated that Rittenhouse wants to become a nurse.

Richards also criticised Thomas Binger, the prosecutor. The truth will bring justice. The truth is what the prosecution should seek. “It’s not about losing,” he stated.

However, he was kind enough to praise Judge Schroeder for having presided over a fair trial.

‘He gives you a fair trial as a defendant — but you don’t want him to sentence your client,’ he said, commenting on his reputation for handing out stiff sentences.

“If we lost, we don’t know what would have happened. He would have been sentenced to life imprisonment. We were granted a fair trial.

He said that Rittenhouse was allowed to choose from a tumbler jurors to become alternates. 

Binger made it very clear that he was not going to comment on the verdict of the case.

However, his boss Kenosha county District Attorney Mike Graveley released a statement stating that he respected the verdict of the jury based upon three and a quarter days of carefully considered deliberations.

“Certainly, questions regarding self-defense are highly contentious today.”

Graveley also appealed for calm. “We request all the members of the public to accept the verdicts peacefully without resorting violence.”

Anthony Huber’s family released the following statement: “Today’s verdict does not mean that there will be any accountability for our son’s murderer.” This sends the unacceptable message that civilians with guns can appear in any community and incite violence. Then they use the threat to shoot people.

One hour before the verdict was announced, a woman suffered an epileptic seizure.

The ambulance arrived on the scene and was able to evacuate all demonstrators.

It began quietly, as Judge Schroeder worked through another case docket. He arrived at the court shortly after 9am, stopping outside to chat with a group of photographers — jokingly asking why there were so many people around neoclassical courthouse which dates back to 1850.

Unlike nearly every other judge anywhere in the country, Schroder makes a point of walking to his chambers through the public gallery in the eggshell-blue-painted court, decorated with oil paintings of local legal luminaries.

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (pictured), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020

Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (pictured), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

After Rosenbaum pursued Rittenhouse through a parking lot, Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), with an AR-15-style semiautomatic gun. He then threw a bag at Rittenhouse just before midnight on August 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, 26, shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26 (right), as he was speeding down the street. He had been following Rosenbaum across a parking lot.

Activists stand outside the Kenosha County Courthouse as the verdict is announced in the Kyle Rittenhouse

Actors wait outside Kenosha County Courthouse while the Kyle Rittenhouse jury pronounces the verdict

Police stand guard outside the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted

On Friday, after Kyle Rittenhouse had been acquitted, officers stood guard outside Kenosha’s courthouse.

Activists in favor of a conviction watch as a not guilty verdict is read in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse

Watch as Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial is reopened before the Kenosha County Courthouse.

Tanya McLean, aunt of Jacob Blake, reacts to the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse

Tanya McLean (aunt of Jacob Blake) reacts to Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict

He walked with a light limp and greeted journalists, lawyers, and court personnel as he went.

The court was quiet the first three hours. It became increasingly clear that there was no hope for a verdict and the jury seemed to be in limbo. Schroeder was in his chambers most of the day.

But around noon, the judge ordered that the outer door to his chambers should be closed — for the first time in the trial. The case was now over.

A few minutes later, the prosecution and defense lawyers entered the room together with Rittenhouse who was spending some time in the private room on floor 3.

Schroeder declared that jurors had reached their final verdict, and warned the public not to react. He stated, “As you can clearly see there are many members of law enforcement and you will being whisked away from here if you react,”

The seven-member jury made up of five men and five women filed in.

Schroeder instructed Rittenhouse that he would face the jury to ‘hearken’ their opinions.

Rittenhouse was initially charged with intentional homicide in the murders of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz. This happened on August 25, 2020. 

Demonstrators have been gathered outside the Kenosha Courthouse all week, as Evers called in 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to counter the expected protests.